Fun Fruit Champagne

Fruit Champagne

Here we are at the end of another year of being “on call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So here’s a healthy glass to be raised to all us parents who can multi-task like a ninja in fast forward and who deserve a little treat to celebrate the wins and losses.

New Years eve dessert

CHEERS !!

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I’m looking forward to sharing 150+ fun food plates with you in 2014, catch you next year ….

Recipe

– Banana

– Red apple

– Mango (can use any other pale coloured fruit – apple/pear/stone fruits/pineapple)

Method

1. I used a banana with a curve. The straight bit became the stem …

Champagne - 1 stem (1 of 1)

2. Then used the curved bit which naturally made the glass receptacle.

Champagne - 2 glass (1 of 1)

3. I cut a triangle of banana to make the base of the glass.

Champagne - 3 base (1 of 1)

4. Then more of the curve for the top of the glass.

Champagne - 4 top (1 of 1)

5. I cut a triangle of mango to make the “champagne”.

Champagne - 5 drink (1 of 1)

6. Then little circles of mango to make the bubbles.

Champagne - 6 bubbles (1 of 1)

7. And as its NYE we need streamers and confetti.

Champagne - 7 streamers (1 of 1)

I used a peeler to take strips from the outside of the apple and then cut little pieces from the three fruits for confetti.

8. Happy New Year !!!

Healthy fruit champagne

9. Or does it look better without the top on the glass?

Healthy New Years Eve food

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Fun Banana Igloo

Banana Igloo

Well we’re supposed to be in the middle of summer but it does NOT feel like that so this plate is probably as appropriate for us as those deep in winter!

My boys love bananas and yoghurt so this fun food plate hits the spot for dessert (aside from arguing over the penguin). The photos unfortunately do not do it justice.

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Recipe

– Bananas

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut for snow

– For the penguin I used a date, 2 raisins, a dried apricot, a hazelnut and some yoghurt.

Method

1. Slice the banana and build the first level of the igloo.

Banana Igloo - 1 bananas (1 of 1)

2. Add another layer of banana slices.

Banana Igloo - 2 2nd layer (1 of 1)

3. Then I sliced some banana lengthways to make the door.

Banana Igloo - 3 Door (1 of 1)

4. And added a roof with more layers.

Banana Igloo - 4 roof (1 of 1)

5. Then I covered the whole thing in yoghurt to give the snow effect.

Banana Igloo - 5 yoghurt (1 of 1)

6. And sprinkled some coconut “snow” falling.

Banana Igloo - 6 snow (1 of 1)

7. Then put together a little penguin.

Banana Igloo - Penguin (1 of 1)

8. And it’s time to eat!

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Merry Christmas / Joyeux Noel

Merry Christmas/Joyeux Noel

Merry Christmas and I hope everyone is having a great day surrounded by family, friends and lots of hearty food.

We’re having a lovely time celebrating with our nearest and dearest and I’ve prepared two fun food plates to share. One for the cool, Northern hemisphere where root veggies are king and one for our Southern hemisphere where temps could be upwards of 40 degrees and salads are infinitely preferable!

Healthy Christmas Party Food

Healthy Christmas platters

Recipe

– Your veggies of choice!

Method

1. I used cookie cutters in the shape of letters.

Noel - 1 letters (1 of 1)

Xmas - 1 letters (1 of 1)

2. Then filled them with either veggies or salad.

Xmas - 2 filled (1 of 1)

Carrot, avocado, corn and tomatoes.

Noel - 2 filling (1 of 1)

Pumpkin, mashed potato, peas and steamed carrot.

3. Removed the cookie cutters.

Xmas - 3 veggies (1 of 1)

Noel - 3 veggies (1 of 1)

4. And then sprinkled them with herbs ready to eat.

Healthy Christmas meals

Healthy Christmas Food

Appetising, colourful, healthy and seasonal!

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Fun Santa Over the Moon

Over the Moon …

Well we’re over the moon that Santa will finally be on his way tonight ….

Here’s my special, Christmas Eve fun food plate designed for my boys.

 

Recipe

– Apple (pear)

– Blueberries

– Strawberry

– Coconut

Method

1. I tried to use a pineapple for the moon but it was too yellow. The large centre part from an apple looked much better!

Over the Moon - 1 moon (1 of 1)

2. I cut a sled shape from a blueberry.

Over the Moon - 2 sled (1 of 1)

3. Then added a Santa-esque shape.

Over the Moon - 3 Santa (1 of 1)

And some boxes on and off the back of the sled.

4. But without reindeer where would he be …

Over the Moon - 4 Full reindeer (1 of 1)

Cut from blueberries again.

5. Then given legs to run.

Over the Moon - 4 Full reindeer (1 of 1)

6. Reins for Santa to hold.

Over the Moon - 5 nose (1 of 1)

And a blob of strawberry for Rudolph’s nose.

7. Then I added some apple planets.

Over the Moon - 6 stars & moon (1 of 1)

8. Some coconut for the distant stars and Santa could be seen flitting over the moon …

Healthy Santa over moon snack

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Fun Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stockings

Twas the night before Christmas ….. Well not quite but never hurts to be prepared!

This is my fun food plate ready for Christmas Eve.

Healthy snacks for Christmas

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut

– Plum

– Slivered almonds

– Orange

– I used strawberry, kiwi and orange for the cards

– Sunflower seeds

Method

1. I made the shape of stockings from some lovely, ripe strawberries.

Christmas Stockings - 1 stockings (1 of 1)

2. Then topped them with thick, Greek yoghurt.

Christmas Stockings - 2 tops (1 of 1)

3. And sprinkled desiccated coconut on top as fur.

Christmas Stockings - 3 fluff (1 of 1)

4. Then built a fireplace around with slices of dark plum.

Christmas Stockings - 4 Fireplace (1 of 1)

5. And no fireplace would be complete without a fire raging (from slivered almonds).

Christmas Stockings - 5 Fire (1 of 1)

6. Lit by pieces of fresh orange.

Christmas Stockings - 6 flames (1 of 1)

7. I then strung cards up across the wall above the fire.

Christmas Stockings - 7 cards (1 of 1)

These were made from rectangles of kiwi, strawberry and orange.

8. Then held in place with a chain made from sunflower seeds.

Healthy food for Christmas

Now all we need is Santa ….

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Fun Strawberry Christmas Tree

Strawberry Christmas Tree

I’ve gone a bit mad with Christmas trees this year but they really are such an easy thing to design and lovely and flexible. Admittedly I attempted a 3-D version first that looked great at the start but wasn’t half as structurally sound as I would have liked ….!

This is my bright, fun food plate that’s perfect for a shared plate or dessert.

Christmas fun food

Recipe

– Strawberries

– I used plum, papaya, blueberries, green apple, kiwi fruit, yoghurt and coconut. But any bright fruit you have on hand will make the tree light up!

Method
1. Cut the strawberries in half (you may need to slice some of the extra bulk from the larger end too). Use them to build the tree.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 1 Top (1 of 1)

2. Keep adding to make the shape of the tree. This seems to work almost organically due to their shape.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 2 layers (1 of 1)

3. Layer the strawberries until you have the triangular shape completed. You may have to push them in from the side to fill the small gaps.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 3 tree (1 of 1)

4. I used a cookie cutter to make a papaya star.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 4 star (1 of 1)

5. Then I cut a plum to make the base of the tree.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 5 base (1 of 1)

6. And added some papaya and blueberry baubles.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 6 baubles (1 of 1)

7. To make the tinsel I used a potato peeler to slice off some green apple skin.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 7 tinsel (1 of 1)

Then sliced some kiwi fruit triangles for more colour.

8. And no tree is complete without presents at the base. I used apple initially but then changed them to the inside of the strawberries later.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 8 presents (1 of 1)

9. I added blobs of yoghurt to make lights.

Strawberry Christmas Tree - 9 lights (1 of 1)

10. Then sprinkled desiccated coconut for snow.

Healthy Christmas party food

11. And realised the presents were not dark enough so swapped them over.

Healthy food for Christmas

Happy Holidays

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Fun Christmas Rudolph Pies

Christmas Rudolph Pies

My lentil and meat pies are always a huge treat for the boys so when combined with the Rudolph factor they are a complete winner. I have used my healthy pastry recipe (wholemeal flour/wholegrain oats/water) and the pies themselves are stuffed with veggies and lentils which makes them tasty and nutritious.

I have used basic additions to make these into fun food for Christmas. Skipping the pastry and just using a bowl with any filling and then putting on the face and antlers would work well too and be even more super quick and easy.

Reindeer food for kids

Recipe

– Pies (or filled small bowls)

– Mash potato for eyes and nose

– Olives for eyes

– Cherry tomatoes for nose

– Carrots for antlers

Method

1. Make and par bake pie shells.

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 1 pie shell (1 of 1)

2. Fill pie shells.

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 2 filled (1 of 1)

3. I used blobs of mash to make the base for the eyes and mouth.

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 3 face (1 of 1)

4. And of course no Rudolph would be complete without his nose …

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 4 red nose (1 of 1)

5. Then add slices of olives to give the eyes definition.

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. And cut antlers from a carrot.

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 6 antlers (1 of 1)

7. Yummy and simple, I made a few so we could all share.

Healthy Christmas food Rudolph

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Fun Christmas Crackers (Bon bons)

Christmas Cracker (Bon Bons)

I love turning simple breakfast food into a visual delight. This is not something that is tricky to make and transforms the humble wheatbrick into a great, fun food Christmas icon.

Use whatever fruit you have in stock to decorate. I used yoghurt coloured by raspberries and blueberries to give it a bright coating.

Healthy breakfast food Christmas

Recipe

– 2 Wheatbricks

– I used yoghurt coloured by crushed raspberries and by blueberries for colour

– I used Greek yoghurt, blueberries and strawberries for decoration

Method

1. Cut the ends of a wheatbrick on the diagonal.

Christmas Cracker - 1 wheatbrick (1 of 1)

2. Slice another wheatbrick in half then cut the inner ends on a diagonal too.

Christmas Cracker - 2 ends (1 of 1)

3. I coloured the ends using yoghurt mixed with raspberries. You could use just the berries crushed if you choose.

Christmas Cracker - 3 pink (1 of 1)

4. Then I did the same for the centre with yoghurt mixed with blueberries.

Christmas Cracker - 4 purple (1 of 1)

5. And then made some stripes for detail with plain yoghurt.

Christmas Cracker - 5 stripes (1 of 1)

6. I used blueberries and chopped strawberry to give a jewel effect.

Christmas Cracker - 6 blueberries (1 of 1)

7. And then to finish I used some of the yogurt/raspberry mix for a party effect.

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8. I had made another but it looked too “sweet/candy” like ..

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Fun Christmas Angel

Christmas Angel

Christmas seems like the right time to make angels!! This is a super simple fun food angel that can be whipped up really quickly.

I had some rare help in the kitchen yesterday from Grandma Jenny. She is over visiting her grandchildren Ilira and Isla and popped in to The Art of Nutrition to provide inspiration ….

      Healthy food for kids Christmas Angel  Christmas Angel healthy food

Recipe

– Red apple

– I used raisins for eyes and sunflower seeds for wing detail

– Desiccated coconut is perfect for stars

Method

1. Slice the apple in half and use one of the largest central pieces to cut the triangle body.

Christmas Angel - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a circle for the head (I cheated and used a cookie cutter as I’m not quite mad enough to cut perfect circles yet!).

Christmas Angel - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. I used the other large slice of apple to make the wings. I just cut three descending semi-circles on one side and mirrored on the other side. Then I cut the piece in half.

Christmas Angel - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. I used the outer part of the apple to cut a little mouth and shoes.

Christmas Angel - 4 mouth & feet (1 of 1)

5. Then to give some detail to the wings I placed sunflower seeds along the edges.

Christmas Angel - 5 wing detail (1 of 1)

6. And added some raisin eyes.

Christmas Angel - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then she needed her halo which I cut from the outside of the apple.

Christmas Angel - 7 halo (1 of 1)

8. And here she is floating in a celestial sky.

Christmas Angel snack food

9. But she fades into the background on the pink plate so as per Grandma Jenny I moved her to blue …

Healthy food Christmas Angel

10. And then the mini chefs said the attachment on the bottom of the halo needed to go …..

Fun Christmas food Angel

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Fun Avocado Christmas Tree

Avocado Christmas Tree

A lovely, fun food design that would be great for a party or an appetiser.
Decorate as you wish!

Healthy Christmas snacks for kids

Recipe

– Avocado

– For the base I used carrot

– For the decorations I used red & yellow capsicum (bell pepper), corn, cottage cheese, carrot and red cabbage

– For the skirt of the tree – baby spinach leaves

– For the presents cut Edam cheese

Method

1. Cut the avocado into slices and then build a layered tree shape. Feel free to join pieces together as avocado is very forgiving like that!

Avocado Christmas Tree - 1 avocado (1 of 1)

2. I cut a piece of carrot into a base.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 2 base (1 of 1)

3. Then placed a red capsicum (bell pepper) star on top.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 3 star (1 of 1)

4. I cut thin strips of carrot and red cabbage for “tinsel”.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 4 tinsel (1 of 1)

5. Then used yellow capsicum (bell pepper) for candles.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 5 candles (1 of 1)

6. I added “decorations” made from corn, carrot, red cabbage and red pepper.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 6 baubles (1 of 1)

7. Then blobbed on some cottage cheese for “lights”.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 7 lights (1 of 1)

8. I made a skirt for the base of the tree from baby spinach leaves then cut presents from slices of cheese. I used red cabbage and carrot strips for the ribbon.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 8 presents (1 of 1)

9. And now all we need is Santa ….

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Fun Strawberry Santa Hats

Strawberry Santa Hats

I usually do all my own designs but I saw a version of this and thought I could make a lovely fun food, healthy version.

It’s the perfect snack, dessert or simple breakfast.

Healthy Christmas Snacks

Recipe

– Large strawberries

– Yoghurt (or cream cheese)

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Slice the strawberries along the bottom.

Santa Hats - 1 strawberry (1 of 1)

2. Dip the bases in yoghurt then into desiccated coconut to make a “furry” trim.

Santa Hats - 2 trim (1 of 1)

3. Then make a yoghurt bobble for the top and again dip in desiccated coconut.

Santa Hats - 3 bobbles (1 of 1)

4. And there you have some very simple but very effective Santa Hats.

Christmas food Santa Hat

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Fun Apple Snowman

Apple Snowman

Fun, fruit Friday. I have put together a cute, cartoon, fun food snowman. You can make with or without yoghurt to dip.

Healthy food for kids Snowman

Recipe

– Red & green apples (can make with just one)

– Raisins/dark plum (for detail) – dates or any dark fruit would work

– Orange – I used a slither for the nose but any contrasting coloured fruit would do

– Desiccated coconut – for snow (oat bran is a good alternative)

– Yoghurt for snow drift (optional)

Method

1. Cut a body and head from the centre of the apple. I have indented the body slightly to fit the head into.

Apple Snowman - 1 apple (1 of 1)

2. Then I added a jaunty hat cut from the outside of a red apple.

Apple Snowman - 2 hat (1 of 1)

3. And a scarf too.

Apple Snowman - 3 scarf (1 of 1)

4. Then I used a dark plum to give him eyes and a mouth.

Apple Snowman - 4 face & buttons (1 of 1)

And some raisins for his buttons.

5. His arms were cut from a green apple.

Apple Snowman - 5 arms (1 of 1)

6. Then I cut a sliver of orange for his nose.

Apple Snowman - 6 nose (1 of 1)

Apple Snowman - 7 nose horizontal (1 of 1)

This just shows how it actually protrudes!

7. And as I was finishing it began to snow ….

Apple Snowman - 8 snow (1 of 1)

8. Which all drifted around his base …

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Fun Cauliflower Christmas Tree

Cauliflower Christmas Tree

As we’re well into Dec I feel that Christmas season designs are legitimate and welcomed! I love taking classic images and crafting them from healthy food and what says Christmas more than a tree?

Here is my simple, hearty, healthy fun food tree. Feel free to use your own decorations!

Healthy Christmas food

Recipe

– Mashed potato for the structure (I don’t like non-edible things or wooden sticks etc. in my designs unless absolutely necessary)

– Steamed cauliflower

– For the decorations I used cherry tomatoes, red cabbage, baby spinach, corn, peas and red capsicum (bell pepper).

– I used rectangles of cheese for the presents

Method

1. I made a pile of mashed potato that would be the inner structure of the tree.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 1 mash (1 of 1)

2. Then covered with florets of cauliflower.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 2 cauli (1 of 1)

3. I started with cherry tomato “baubles” and strips of red cabbage “tinsel” but anything you have in the fridge will do.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 3 tinsel (1 of 1)

4. I kept adding different veggies to give more colour and shapes, just like a regular tree when decorated by the children!

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 4 spinach (1 of 1)

First spinach leaves.

5. Then peas, corn and red capsicum (bell pepper) cut into squares.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 5 baubles (1 of 1)

6. Then to finish a capsicum star on the top (held in place by mash glue).

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And some presents cut from cheese with different coloured ribbons cut from the veggies.

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Fun Christmas Bells

Fun Christmas Bells

I’m always looking for new ways to serve food and as we’re in the middle of moving (ahhh) I am more time poor than usual. Dishes like Bubble and Squeak tick my boxes as I can throw whatever veggies I have in with some mashed potato, roast in the oven and voila a simple meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner packed with nutrients.

I am not usually happy with the outcome of molds – but this time they worked a treat.

Check out my very simple, fun food bells.

Christmas meals for kids

Recipe

– Bubble and Squeak

– Flat leaf spinach

– Cherry tomato

Method

1. Push the B & S into the mold.

Christmas Bells - 1 Bell (1 of 1)

2. Then add another bell.

Christmas Bells -  2 bells (1 of 1)

3. Add some slices of cherry tomatoes for the tops of the bells.

Christmas Bells -  3 tomatoes (1 of 1)

4. Then I cut some of the spinach leaves to make bows (I used my kitchen scissors).

Christmas Bells -  4 bows (1 of 1)

5. But realised the bells were too near the top of the plate and the bottom ribbons too long ….

Healthy Christmas food

Ding dong …. time to eat.

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